What would you pay?
While in NYC a magazine in my hotel room displayed on its cover Gustav Klimt's painting of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. This caught my eye as Klimt is one of my favorite artists. Inside the magazine a short blurb told of this work of art being on display in the Neue Galerie there in NYC. It also said, "The purchase made worldwide news due to its record-setting price tag of a reported $135 million, the highest sum ever paid for a painting." I vaguely recall reading all this when it happened. At any rate it doesn't seem to hold that status any longer.
Unconfirmed reports place No. 5, 1948 by Jackson Pollock at the top selling for $140,000,000.
(BTW has anyone seen the movie Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock? I highly recommend it. It's in the rental stores.)
I hope to see the Klimt in NYC though on closer examination I realized the date on the magazine is 2006. I know it would bring me great joy to see it. My heart would pound and I would think I was in heaven. I don't know why this happens to me but it does. I am moved by art. In the meantime I am working on my kitchen back splash which is going to hopefully look something like this:
Gustav Klimt, Tree of Life.